• Amber Alert continues for Titusville teen pulled into SUV

    By: Elyna Niles-Carnes , Sarahbeth Ackerman

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    TITUSVILLE, Fla. - Titusville police said the search for a possible kidnapping victim isn't over.  

    A man said his daughter saw a girl being pulled into a charcoal-colored SUV between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning in the area of the 1600 block of Barna Avenue near Kings Court in Titusville, police said.

    Th witness said the girl she saw being pulled into the SUV appeared to be between 12 and 15 years old. 

    Read: Amber Alert issued for girl, 15, pulled into SUV in Titusville

    “From what my daughter (had) seen, the little girl got snatched by her hair into the car. It definitely doesn’t seem like it was parental, so I don’t know,” said Michael Henderson. 

    The witness said the teenager was wearing a green polo shirt and khaki pants. The possible victim has her hair in dreadlocks.

    Police released the 911 call Tuesday, in which the witness describes hearing the victim screaming as she was being pulled into the vehicle. 

    Rebecca Henderson said her daughter helped police create a composite sketch.

    "She was kicking and screaming and fighting, trying to get out of that car," Rebecca Henderson said.

    Authorities do not have a tag number for the SUV but did say the SUV is a newer model with a tire on the back.

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    Anyone with information is asked to call Titusville police at 321-264-7800 or 911.

    No other details have been released.

    Police have not received any reports of a missing teen. 

    Police said Wednesday that they have received numerous tips including some claims on social media about who the missing person is, but all tips have been eliminated so far and do not have anything to do with the possible abduction.

    Investigators said they're still trying to determine if this was in fact a kidnapping.

    Read: How is an Amber Alert issued?

    Five criteria have to be met before the Florida Department of Law Enforcement can issue an Amber Alert.

    1. The missing person must be under the age of 18.
    2. There has to be evidence of an abduction
    3. There has to be evidence the person’s life is in danger.
    4. Investigators need a detailed description of the missing person, an abductor or a vehicle.
    5. Local law enforcement must recommend the activation of an Amber Alert.

     

    This is a developing story. Follow Channel 9’s Sarahbeth Ackerman and wftv.com for updates.

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